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Indian delegation to visit Kamov Design Bureau for a familiarization with ship-based Ka-226T helicopter

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A delegation from the Indian MoD is to visit Kamov Design Bureau of Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec) in order to participate in the demonstration flight of a light utility Ka-226T rotorcraft and to familiarize themselves with its ship-based version.

In November 2017, the Government of India approved a tender for the procurement of utility helicopters for the Indian Navy. The helicopters are expected to perform search and rescue, humanitarian, monitoring and counter-terrorism operations and also to provide targeting to ship-based weapon systems.

“We have offered the Indian side to visit Kamov Design Bureau that developed Ka-226T for the project of delivering 200 units of such helicopters and localizing their production in India.  Our colleagues shall be able to take part in a demonstration flight and to learn more about Ka-226T capable of being deployed aboard a ship. Placing an order for helicopters for the Indian navy with our joint venture in India is benefiting both sides, therefore, we have decided to invite our partners to gain a more detailed familiarization with this rotorcraft”, noted Andrey Boginskiy, Director General of Russian Helicopters Holding Company.

Since 2017, Ka-226T helicopters with a ship basing capability are being serially produced and delivered to the Russian special-purpose aviation.

As distinct from the “land-based” version, light utility ship-based Ka-226T helicopter features a blade folding system of the main rotor. Moreover, the helicopter boasts the state-of-the-art avionics suite, its components and systems are fit for operation under aggressive conditions of  marine environment. Owing to its small dimensions, the helicopter can be deployed on ships and low-displacement vessels. Ship-based Ka-226T helicopter is intended for performing search and rescue and transport missions round-the-clock in standard or adverse weather.

Light utility Ka-226T helicopter features coaxial main rotor system, maximum take-off weight of 3.6 tons and is capable of transporting up to 1 ton of payload.  It can be equipped with transport cabin, which allows transporting up to 6 people, or modules fitted with special equipment. Improved flight performance of Ka-226T helicopter, environmental friendliness, cost effectiveness, state-of-the-art avionics suite and additional flight safety solutions make this helicopter one of the best in its class.

L&T and BEL sign MoU for defence products

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Infrastructure major Larsen and Toubro and state-owned Bharat Electronic (BEL) entered into a pact to develop and manufacture defence products and systems for domestic and export markets.

TOI reported that the MoU seeks to leverage the capabilities of both the firms for meeting the growing requirements of the Indian Armed Forces, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) said in a statement.

As reported by TOI, the statement said that L&T and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cater to the needs of evolving domestic and export markets for defence products and systems. The MoU also intends to leverage the well-developed supply chain, vast experience and expertise of BEL and L&T to synergise and enhance exports in the defence sector.

L&T informed that the decision to formalise the partnership through this MoU was made after extensive evaluation and identifying the core competencies and strong synergies between the two of them.

By harmonizing L&T’s manufacturing, system design and integration capabilities and extensive global footprint with BEL’s core competencies in electronic equipment and systems, the companies look forward to enhancing their product range, jointly evolve new products and enhance business prospects.

ISRO ready to share EV battery tech with Private Automakers

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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s Chairman K Sivan told that ISRO, which has know-how on space-age lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries technology, will make it available to private players in the automotive industry.

A decade ago, the cost of batteries made electric vehicles expensive since they made up 50 percent of the cost of the vehicle. Every kilowatt hour (kWh) of lithium ion battery costs $1,000-$1,500, and so higher the power of the battery, higher the cost of the car. Tesla has 100Kwh batteries. Reports suggest battery costs are falling, and by the end of this year, it is expected to be $245 per kWh.

ISRO Chairman K Sivan said to Yourstory that space-grade li-ion batteries were developed by the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and can be used on cars with some modifications. Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) had already tested ISRO batteries and found them suitable for automotive systems.

“Government-level discussions are going on to find suitable industrial partners and manufacture commercial grade li-ion batteries, which are cost-effective,” he says. Currently, li-ion batteries are being imported from countries like China and Japan.

ISRO uses in-house lithium-ion batteries to power satellites and launch vehicles. When the GSLV-F08 was launched last week, lithium-ion batteries were used to power the new electromechanical actuation system. Analysts from KPMG and PWC say that the future is a combination of solar and lithium ion batteries.

To meet ISRO’s battery requirements, a memorandum of understanding has been signed with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). “We transferred technology to BHEL to produce space-grade batteries,” says Sivan. A panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha had recommended the commercial use of ISRO’s li-ion battery technology under the ‘Make In India’ initiative for electric vehicles.

In October last year, NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat had said India has to set up large lithium-ion battery manufacturing plants to become a global player in the electric vehicles technology market. Several countries across the world are already turning the spotlight on electric vehicles. Norway and Denmark will be fully electric by 2025. Sales in China have grown three-fold last year. China is the global leader with over 24 million sold a year and over 120 million in operation.

Matrix to Showcase Cutting-edge Telecom Solutions at Defexpo 2018

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Matrix, known for manufacturing communication solutions suitable for defense environment, is participating at Defexpo 2018. The event is an ideal platform for showcasing latest solutions designed for the defense sector.  The same, organized from 11th-14th April’18 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu is expected to witness footfall from decision makers.

Matrix will unveil its latest solutions PRASAR UCS, PARISAT VC and TEJAS NMS at the event. PRASAR UCS – Pure IP Solution offers Collaboration, Communication, Messaging and Mobility. With a capacity of up to 2,100 UC users and 550 concurrent calls, the system offers maximum throughput, ensuring connectivity in mission critical applications.

Matrix is entering the server solution market with two solutions PARSIAT VC and TEJAS NMS. As the name suggests, PARISAT VC is a Video Conferencing solution designed to support 12 participants in video conference and 80+ participants in an audio conference. The solution will help professionals communicate with officers deployed at remote locations and discuss and conclude important matters in a short period of time over video phones or smartphones.

Nowadays, defense professionals are keen on investing in numerous communication solutions for ensuring connectivity at remote places during crucial times. The change calls for a solution that can centrally monitor network elements of these devices and ensure continuous communication. Matrix TEJAS NMS – Server Based Network Management solution addresses the requirement by offering centralized and simultaneous management of 200 devices from Windows PC or Server. All the deployed communication solutions can be managed and monitored over a web based intuitive user interface, eliminating the need to invest time and effort for training the IT and admin team regarding use of a new solution.

Apart from these new releases, SARVAM UCS – Unified Communication solution is anticipated to gain attention of defense personnel due to its resilient connectivity and mobility features. The product offers radio connectivity which is a prime component of communication for the defense forces. The platform is built on latest security protocols, and hence ensures security of confidential data. Matrix VARTA is a mobility extension for Android, iOS smartphones and Windows PC that offers seamless collaboration across different geographies. Matrix IP Deskphones and Video IP Deskphones will be on display. The endpoints offer a range of features that improves reachability by simplifying communication process.

“Defexpo 2018 is a great platform for exhibitors to showcase their products for defense Industry. With a huge crowd expected to participate in this event, we look forward to meeting some key decision makers from the forces. We aim to understand their latest requirements and demonstrate how our solutions can assist in improving communication experience”, said Ganesh Jivani, Managing Director.

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